Great Start Job Plan

Great Start Job Plan

How to Get Off On The Right Foot in a New Job

It's a very important day. It's the first day of your new job. Are you ready? Most people aren't. They allow the job to steer them toward success--or not. But you can get an important edge by having a job plan in place.

The key to success in any job is: 1.) knowing what you want, 2.) knowing how things work, and 3.) knowing the accepted work culture.

A job plan starts with what you want. In accepting any job, you want more than just the paycheck. Take a moment to think what would make this a wonderful position. Jot down a few simple goals for this position. Keep these goals loose and flexible. A typical goal might be that this job exposes you to leadership on a team. Or maybe this job exposes you to a specific new technology. Keep an emphasis on goals that will help you succeed in the position while preparing yours for advancement.

Your second step in a job plan is to establish quickly how to learn on the job. Figure out who the team experts are, and who is possible to go to with questions. Also, find out what resources are available to help you. Help desks, online resources, manuals are all available to help get you up to speed quickly. If you find you have educational needs, make sure to discuss company policies that may support outside education through seminars, college courses, or in-house instruction. Don't neglect self-study approaches and LinkedIn group discussions.

Find out how employees in your new job communicate both with each other and with their managers. Communication on teams is critical but varies by company culture. Some bosses may prefer email updates, others may want communication of progress within team meetings. Reporting progress to a supervisor is an important point, study coworkers and the methods that they use to communicate need and progress toward goals. In some workplaces communication with team members may occur between pairs of workers, in others team meetings may be preferred.

The final step of any job plan is to consider your personal exit plan. At what point would you want to move on from this position? Do you want promotion to management? Or do you want to leave after achieving a personal goal? Having an idea of the duration of the job and what you want from it are linked needs. If you establish what you want from the job you have better odds of achieving those goals by the time you move on.

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